From School Library Journal
PreSchool-K-There are many picture books about sunflowers, but this fine, new one doesn't resemble any of them. It begins with a full bloom: "This is the sunflower,/tall and bright,/that stands in my garden/day and night." The cumulative rhyme continues ? la "The House That Jack Built." The birds come and eat some seeds and spill others, the rain and sun make the seeds sprout, and by the end of the book, "a patch of sunflowers,/tall and bright,/stands in my garden/day and night." Crews's watercolor illustrations combine realism and imagination to show the interaction of the plant, the birds, and the weather. Sometimes colorful silhouettes of birds fly in winding paths of thickened brush strokes. On one double-page spread, the text is ringed by 17 heads and beaks of different birds, all messily cracking sunflower seeds. This illustration is repeated on the last page, labeled with the name of each bird and a paragraph of facts about the flowers. A simple, elegant book, filled with a little information and a lot of pleasure.Carolyn Jenks, First Parish Unitarian Church, Portland, ME
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In the cumulative tradition of "This Is the House that Jack Built," this gorgeously illustrated poem celebrates a sunflower's life cycle. In a see-saw rhythm, rhymed lines describe the seeds' path from blossom to bird, then back to the ground, where sun and rain turn seeds to sprouts, and the cycle begins again. It's the artwork that turns this standard, pleasing ecological subject into a beautiful, noteworthy title. The velvety watercolors are clearly defined and saturated with color: the vibrant, full-page sunflower blossoms nearly hum with growth, while handsome, stylishly detailed birds become sweeping banners of color when they take flight. This is perfect for story hours; also recommend it to budding ornithologists, who will appreciate the illustrated key identifying the birds pictured in the text. Gillian EngbergCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved